Words to World, cont
I’m tired of hearing politicians say we spread democracy around the world.. the US… is not a democracy.. it is a republic, and when we set up US friendly governments who will give us bargain basement rates on the country’s natural resources, it’s always a republic.*1
So we should say we are spreading republic, around the world, even though it might not sound as good… but it’s accurate.
This may sound like a picky point to some… but it’s analogous to saying I hopped on a Greyhound car from Philadelphia to Atlantic City.
It’s almost exactly the same as if you said that Democrat politicians were the party of small government, low taxes, and reasonable spending, and then when I called you on it you said, oh you meant to say that was the Republican politicians.
That’s ridiculous… there’s no such party.
Though I can’t say I blame you for not being able to tell them apart.
There’s a lot bigger difference between democracy and a republic than there is between Democratic and Republican politicians. *2
With words, the easiest way to drill down to their definitions is to look at the root words.
Republic (root word keys REpresentative or of the Public) are where you vote for a person to represent you. This is the dominant form government in the world.
Democracy (Demo, people, cracy, meaning rule of) is true rule by the people, and they can vote on every issue, though it does not necessarily preclude having governmental staff. *3 The only actual practice of this form of government was in ancient Greek city states … and ended with Alexander the Great’s conquest.
While we are in the process of cleaning up words that represent government systems…
Communism…. Root keys (commune- people living in a given space with the belief that they are in a common ecosystem, sharing resources. And ism, the belief in. )
The idea is, that people in a given area, have some say over how the collective resources in their community are used seems to me to be intuitive
The feeling of revulsion, unease I get when I say communist or communism(but not community, and commune brings to mind flower children)is because I think most people define communism with the Soviet Union… truthfully… it’s a terrible example.. far as I can tell, that government was nearly a dictatorship, or you could make a case for it being an oligarchy, or perhaps aristocracy. An elite ruling class, Party members, who ran pretty much everything in the country, centered around a strong leader, and just as importantly, centered in one place, Moscow.*4
Oligarchy ( rule of the few or a small group) As far as I know, there have been very few explicit cases of oligarchy in history. However, the Iron Law of Oligarchy posits that all forms of organization eventually end up as oligarchies.
Robert Michels believed that any political system eventually evolves into an oligarchy. He called this the “iron law of oligarchy”. According to this school of thought, modern democracies should be considered as oligarchies. In these systems, actual differences between viable political rivals are small, the oligarchic elite impose strict limits on what constitutes an ‘acceptable’ and ‘respectable’ political position, and politicians’ careers depend heavily on unelected economic and media elites. Thus the popular phrase: there is only one political party, the ‘incumbent’ party.
Corporate Oligarchy (Corporatocracy)
Corporate oligarchy is a form of power, governmental or operational, where such power effectively rests with a small, elite group of inside individuals or influential economic entities or devices, such as banks, commercial entities that act in complicity with, or at the whim of the oligarchy, often with little or no regard for constitutionally protected prerogative.